Fire apparatus plant in Ephrata closing

A fire and rescue vehicle manufacturer announced that it's closing its facility in Lancaster County.

The American LaFrance fire apparatus plant on Cocalico Creek Road in Ephrata Township has closed its doors and told workers not to return to work next week.

American LaFrance also has plants in Los Angeles and Moncks Corner, SC.

According to SConFire, the company estimates that over 150 people are out of a job due to the closings.

American LaFrance released a statement that reads as follows:

“American LaFrance, LLC, the manufacturer of fire, rescue and vocational vehicles, announced Friday the closing of its warehouse, production and service facilities in Monks Corner, SC Ephrata, PA and Los Angeles.

The company is advising its customers that they will be able to continue obtaining replacement parts and service for vehicles manufactured by American LaFrance from a new third party vendor. American LaFrance will contact customers with information about where they can obtain parts and service for their vehicles in the near future.

Unfortunately, the company's unexpected current financial condition requires the discontinuation of operations in these locations at this time and these facilities are not expected to reopen.”

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